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Posted 7 years ago

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The Bee Bee is an export version of the Certotrop, sold in the U.S. by Burleigh Brooks (hence the name Bee Bee). It's a folding camera for use with film packs, cut film, and plates. It's made of metal with a leather covering.

Though it's a small camera, the Bee Bee is packed with features:
- Ground glass focusing back
- Reflecting finder with bubble level
- Wire frame finder
- Removable lens/shutter assembly
- Rise and fall
- Rack & pinion horizontal adjustment
- Double-extension bellows

The camera was made in Germany by Certo, in the 1930s. Since it was sold in America, the european tripod sockets are fitted with 1/4-20 adapters. This example came with an accessory film back as well.

The Model A, seen here, makes 6.5x9cm images, and the Model B makes 9x12cm images.


  1. S PALMER, 7 years ago
    HI, my dad was a collector of old camers and he passed away, I know he had a lot of cameras that I have sold for my mom on ebay/ Any ways I have a model B that i just sold on ebay but it has not been payed yet on it. Well I was macking sure it was all clean. And my 2 year old grabed the glass and droped it and broke it . I also never took the time to learn about it (my dad had had givin me a small graflix. and that is all I used for years . So Iam not sure how to put the film back from plate and he had alot of extra stuff with it. So do you know where I can get sone new glass. And help me on how to load the film adapter and exteras that he left. My email is camerasandmore@ymail.com and my phone # is 863443029. I work as aFL state cop and I am not messsing with you I just realy need help,S Palmer
  2. JohnKratz JohnKratz, 7 years ago
    Sorry, I have no idea where one would get new glass for this 80-year-old camera, nor do I know how to attach the various accessories. You may be able to find a manual for the Bee Bee, or a manual for the Certotrop (since they are the same camera) online.
    Wish I could be of more help.

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